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'Boise Food History Project' Tells The Story Of Building Community Through Nourishment

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Tamales Nelly, featured in the Boise Food History Project.


Over the last several months, there’s been a movement to return to localism — ironically sparked by a global pandemic. As communities watch their neighbors and friends struggle financially, and as some get sick with the coronavirus, the reaction has been to turn to each other for support and nourishment, both literal and figurative.

Perhaps the best example of this is at the Boise Farmers Market. The market turned to a drive-through process due to COVID-19 this year and folks signed up in advance to get their fresh food. It became so popular it was difficult for many to reserve a spot. 


Today we’re speaking with three people about a new photography and audio project that features producers from the market. The project is called “Boise Food History Project.” Janie Burns owns Meadowlark farm in Nampa, Dave Crick is the owner of Bittercreek Alehouse in downtown Boise, and Arlie Sommer is the audio producer behind the “Boise Food History Project.” 


You can check out the photography exhibit during Dine Out Boise Downtown week (Oct. 30-Nov. 8) on 8th Street.  

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!